Dec 16

Stop censoring my giblets you dam dirty zebra lion!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Look out Liz… it’s a cross between a zebra and a lion… a deadly zebon! Oh really Liz, that’s a stupid name? Well lets see how stupid that zebon looks with a laser in his back! HIIYAAA!
Published 1977

Many thanks to Erin for sending this to us!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.93 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Right Hand of Dextra”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Seems the editor tacked on a coloring note to the printer… who then forgot to remove the note. Doh!!

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So first they invented the raygun, then used it to slay animals to get the pelts, in order to invent clothing.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Some hero. “You should try this, luv, it couldn’t be simpler, just shoot ’em in the back as they run away!”

  4. Ae7flux Says:

    We need ‘The left Hand of Sinistra’ just to balance things out. You know it makes sense.

  5. Ernest The Yak Says:

    How the hell do these people keep managing to remember their laser pistols but forget their clothes??

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    After the mushrooms had worn off they realized that their pretend game of sci-fi Adam & Eve had gone horribly wrong and they had gunned down all the friendly animals at the petting zoo.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    At first I thought that was an alien horse lying dead in the foreground, but then I realized the artist just draws claws on everything.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Do the Harlem Shake!

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Our author is a linguist and literary critic who writes Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. G. Wells fanfic.

  10. Kripslod Says:

    As I looked over this idyllic scene of technologically triumphant humans killing the evil carnivore for just doing what comes naturally, my eyes took in many wonderful sights. The abundant Earth-native looking fungi (probably brought here on the shoes/feet of visiting humans─can White-nose syndrome be far behind.) The agile hexapods cavorting in the clearing beyond. Certainly a beautiful place. Then I was startled by the nearly complete lack of green pigment in the picture.

    I asked my self: “Self, how are the humans getting enough oxygen to breath?”

    Then I remembered that in our Earth-native Rhodophyta the pigments phycocyanin and phycoerythrin mask the green color of green pigmented photosynthesizing bodies. And I breathed a sigh of relief.

    All is well.

  11. Rags Says:

    So where does he holster his pistol? (Ba-Dum-Tss)

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR, Kripslod: As far as blurbs go, ‘Colour This World Green’ isn’t bad. It might be more appropriate for Rachel Carson than Barsoom, but let’s let it be.

  13. fred Says:

    Hmmm…the dead horse thingys right rear leg is censoring the zebron…zebron tail is censoring the hero…hero arm is censoring the woman…if I can figure out what the butterfly is censoring I will die a happy man.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    We’re quite sure it’s two humanoids and not conjoined torsos on one pair of legs?

  15. Phil Says:

    A surfeit of limbs; a combination of two species; must be a distant relative of this creature, surely:

  16. StevenLP Says:

    According to the SF Encyclopedia, this novel covers “biological, religious and colonization themes in the story of the reconciliation between incompatible forms of biological organization on a planet whose human colonists are religious fundamentalists insensitive to the vital questions surrounding Dextra’s weird Ecology”.

    I think it’s clear to all that the artist is illustrating this, with the ray gun as a metaphor for religious fundamentalism and the unclothed humans representing the naked agression of their worldview. Possibly.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Well, what other hand could it be? “Dextra” just means “right” in Latin, correct?

    Title was supposed to read “The Right Hand is Dextra,” I guess.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is clearly the effect the art director was going for when s/he asked for a green world. Notice the similar large cat, underdressed lady, etc. etc.

  19. anon Says:

    Dextra is a drug that makes your right index finger twitch, right?
    Anyway, they’re one angel short.

  20. Stevie T Says:

    What, do they just randomly slap these blurbs on books or something?

    “Let’s see what the random tagline generator comes up with today…’Color…this…world…Green’ Great! Slap it on there and get it out the door!”

    “But sir, there isn’t any green on–”

    “I said Get it Out of Here!”

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is there a sequel out there with the name Left Hand of Ambi?

  22. Ray P Says:

    Christopher Robin took savage vengeance on Tigger for the killing of Eeyore.

  23. anon Says:

    @Ray P: It turned out later that Eeyore had just been tripping from eating the wrong/right kind of mushrooms.

    PS. I hope your name isn’t a description of your general behaviour.

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